Theodore M. Wendel (1859 - 1932)
A rare recipient of praise from master Impressionist painter Claude Monet, American painter Theodore M. Wendel is considered one of the most important and successful American Impressionists.
He had studied at the McMicken School of Art in Cincinnati before heading to Germany to study at the Royal Academy under Frank Duveneck. Wendel would become one of the famous "Duveneck's Boys", traveling with him to various locations of Europe in the company of other notables such as Whistler and Chase.
He returned to America from 1882 to 1886, exhibiting in Cincinnati and opening a studio in Boston before heading back to Paris for two years at the Academie Julian. In the summer of 1887 Wendel met Claude Monet, and was able to paint in his gardens. Here he fully embraced the Impressionistic use of light and color, and would employ this technique throughout the rest of his career.
He returned to Boston in 1889 and immediately staged a successful exhibition of his new works. A 1904 fire in his Boston studio destroyed a large number of Wendel's paintings, and after 1917 he ceased to paint at all.
He had exhibited a great deal throughout his career, sending canvases home from abroad when necessary, and his paintings were accepted at the National Academy of Design in New York as well as the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. He participated in the Panama-Pacific Exhibition of 1915 as well. His works are in many important collections, including the Musee d'Art Americain in Giverny and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, among others.